The current interim UFC welterweight championship bout that includes Matt Hughes and Georges St. Pierre is to me the exclamation level to the arrival and long run rule of Georges St. Pierre as one of the best fighter within the welterweight division. Now I do know that this can be a daring assertion to make and likewise to again up, however it’s not as much as me to again it up, as an alternative it’s as much as Georges St. Pierre who will (for my part) not solely again it up, however proceed to make a daring and highly effective assertion to attest to that reality in every certainly one of his future bouts.
As all of us effectively know, this bout was initially alleged to be between Matt Hughes and present UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra. Nonetheless, on account of an unlucky harm, Serra was unable to struggle which resulted in St. Pierre stepping in to struggle Hughes for the interim championship.
Now I do not find out about you, however I used to be really actually wanting ahead to the bout between the 2 Matt’s particularly after their respective stints on the UFC actuality present, The Final Fighter. Not solely as a result of I feel that it could have been an excellent matchup, but in addition due to the personalities of the 2 fighters and the best way they interacted with one another throughout the collection. Personally, I really feel that had that match occurred, or when it does happen if Hughes decides to proceed preventing, that Serra would have decisively received by both a knockout or referee stoppage.
Now the first objective of this watch dustin vs khabib is to provide you a blow-by-blow evaluation of the aforementioned match in addition to my ideas on how every fighter may have improved upon their very own respective skills throughout the struggle. Nonetheless, I need to return a bit to the occasions of The Final Fighter with a purpose to give a bit of background onto the place my ideas are coming from in regards to the doable match-up between Hughes and Serra after St. Pierre regains his welterweight title belt from Serra.
Sure, you learn that proper, after St. Pierre regains HIS welterweight title belt from Serra. Who in my humble opinion was lucky, and ok, to take it away from St. Pierre who was not even at a fraction of his capacity when he misplaced his title to Serra. That is not meant to point nor indicate that I haven’t got the utmost respect for Serra and his skills, it is only a laborious dose of actuality that he, as of the writing of this text, would not have the flexibility to defeat St. Pierre when he’s on the high of his sport.
I’m not going to enter an overabundance of element regarding final seasons Final Fighter actuality collection, however I’m going to convey up a few highlights that I really feel have some relevance within the “doable” upcoming match-up between the previous champion Hughes and the quickly to be former champion Serra.
I must say that the one factor that basically stood out for me was the continued battle of ego that was current in regards to the variety of wins that every coach had. When the preliminaries have been over, Serra ended up with a 6 to 2 benefit over Hughes. Nonetheless, it could be Hughes who had the final snort as each of his fighters made it to the finals whereas none of Serra’s did. Is that this an indication of issues to come back, or is it merely a prelude to one more struggle twist? I assume we’ll simply have to attend and see if this a lot anticipated match-up materializes earlier than we’ll know the reply to that one.
What is going to occur when Serra meets St. Pierre for the welterweight title? Merely put, St. Pierre will win the match decisively over Serra not solely as a result of St. Pierre is the higher fighter, but in addition as a result of Serra will likely be too overconfident and cocky regarding his current upset win over St. Pierre. If Serra is to face an opportunity in any respect, he must reevaluate his personal skills and people of St. Pierre. For my part, Serra ought to focus his assaults on a low-line degree aiming for low kicks and takedowns after which observe up with a ground-and-pound assault whereas ready for a gap with a purpose to safe and joint approach. Will this work, towards most every other opponent I’d say that this can be a fairly good guess. Towards St. Pierre it might simply be a lesson in futility. After all that may rely upon which St. Pierre reveals up for the struggle, the actual one, or the one which misplaced the title to Serra. My cash is on the actual St. Pierre.
Now let’s check out the newest match-up between Hughes and St. Pierre:
Earlier than the struggle even began, you would see the extent of focus and willpower within the eyes of each fighters as they got here into the ring. Hughes did not appear to be as centered and as intent on the struggle as I’ve seen him up to now. I do not know if that is primarily on account of his seemingly lack of curiosity in preventing anymore, his going through St. Pierre as an alternative of Serra, or maybe even his loss to St. Pierre of their earlier bout, or if it was a mixture thereof. St. Pierre then again gave the impression to be very decided and intent on tearing Hughes aside in a bid to get a authentic title shot at Serra and the chance to get his title again.
Hughes began out the spherical by popping out in a southpaw stance fairly than the standard preventing stance with the left leg and hand ahead and the appropriate leg again. This appeared to confuse St. Pierre barely, however not sufficient to essentially frustrate his sport plan. Hughes tried a few leg takedowns to no avail as St. Pierre was simply capable of keep away from them. This appeared to frustrate Hughes a bit.
St. Pierre fired again towards Hughes’s tried takedowns with a excessive part roundhouse kick to Hughes’s head which he simply blocked together with his forearms. St. Pierre threw this kick with no set-up by any means and was lucky that Hughes did not try to make him pay for that mistake. St. Pierre additionally tried a few low kicks that weren’t as efficient as they may have been if that they had been set-up previous to their execution.
St. Pierre was very mild on his toes all through the struggle and jogged my memory of a younger Sugar Ray Leonard as he moved in regards to the octagon simply evading Hughes when wanted and seemingly placing him at will. At one level early within the spherical, St. Pierre simply tackled Hughes and took him all the way down to the mat the place he simply dealt with him although Hughes tried a number of elbows to the top and shoulders of St. Pierre. St. Pierre responded with a livid ground-and-pound assault that was pretty efficient on Hughes, though not fairly a struggle stopper. Hughes’s protection is definitely fairly efficient for probably the most half and is so good at one level that St. Pierre is compelled to make use of an unorthodox methodology of slamming his physique, and due to this fact Hughes’s physique, into the mat with a purpose to attempt to break Hughes’s grip. Sadly for St. Pierre, this didn’t work and the spherical ended.
As I checked out Hughes in between the primary and second rounds, I acquired the impression that Hughes was already a crushed man and was merely ready for the top to come back. Which as issues would prove would find yourself being pretty quickly.
St. Pierre opened the second spherical with one other excessive part roundhouse kick to the top of Hughes that neither landed nor was it set-up previous to being executed. St. Pierre adopted this kick up moments later with one other very efficient takedown of Hughes. As soon as on the bottom, Hughes resumes his elbow assault in regards to the head and shoulders of St. Pierre. Nonetheless, they appear to be ineffective as St. Pierre seems to simply keep away from and/or reduce the effectiveness of the elbows with superior head and higher physique motion.
St. Pierre as soon as once more mounted a ground-and-pound assault which Hughes was pretty simply capable of defend towards it. Moments later St. Pierre managed to get a full mount place the place he launched a barrage of punches towards Hughes. Though a number of landed, they for probably the most half gave the impression to be very efficient. At one level throughout the floor sport, Hughes managed to achieve the higher hand momentarily and broke freed from St. Pierre and even tried to take him down earlier than being thrown down himself by a really effectively executed Judo throw by St. Pierre despatched him to the mat as soon as once more which might find yourself being the ultimate time of the struggle.
A number of moments later, after a number of makes an attempt, St. Pierre managed to get a fantastically executed arm bar on Hughes which resulted in Hughes verbally tapping out and ending the struggle.
Solely Hughes himself is aware of what goes via his thoughts and whether or not or not he actually needs to proceed preventing, or if he is able to retire and go on to different issues. As I watched this struggle it did not seem to me that the Hughes of outdated was even near moving into the ring and as I said earlier on this article, I do not know if it is because of his current loss to St. Pierre, his letdown of not with the ability to struggle Serra, or if he’s simply uninterested in being within the octagon. Or if it’s a mixture of those causes. The one factor I do know for positive is that the Matt Hughes that defeated Royce Gracie was no the place close to the octagon on this night time.
Matt you’ve got had a fantastic run and if you cannot get issues proper in your individual head, you should retire gracefully and assist practice a brand new batch of up-and-coming fighters and get on with having fun with your life. Nonetheless, if you will get issues proper in your head, you should come again with a vengeance beginning with the quickly to be former welterweight champion Matt Serra after which after you defeat him, transfer up the ladder from there.
What can I say, I imply I’m actually confused regarding your final efficiency towards Hughes. If ever a struggle was nearly image excellent, then this struggle is correct on the high of the checklist. The one actual bodily suggestion that I’ve for you, is that you should begin organising your kicks with different methods earlier than throwing them with a purpose to improve their effectiveness and provide you with one more useful gizmo in your already spectacular arsenal of methods.
Now for an important piece of advise that I may presumably provide you with. If you wish to stay on the high of the welterweight division, you should preserve as distant from the first pitfall that appears to have an effect on, nearly with out fail, each current UFC champion in each division, and that’s the championship title itself. You could keep away from the assumption that you’re the champion and at all times think about your self the underdog in each struggle and never worthy of carrying the belt till you keep the title for nevertheless many occasions that you simply resolve on and solely settle for the title of champion after you have got determined to retire. If you are able to do this, you may be a lot farther forward than any of the earlier champions earlier than you. That’s simply my tackle it and who is aware of possibly I do not know what I’m speaking about, however then once more possibly I do.